November: Annuals and Perennials

Final chores of the year.

If you have not lifted summer bulbs, such as Dahlias, do so this month without fail.

Fall is the best time to plant or divide perennials for optimum root growth.

After blooms have faded on chrysanthemums, cut back to 4” from the ground and cover with mulch.

Cut back perennials after frost has killed foliage. Feeding lightly can enhance root growth.

Do not cut back ornamental grasses as the curling foliage and plumes add unusual winter interest to the landscape.

Pull out any remaining summer annuals after a frost or freeze. Put healthy foliage in the compost pile. Put diseased plants in the trash.

It is not too late to plant tulips, daffodils, Dutch iris, and hyacinths. Choose Early, Mid and Late season varieties to stretch out the bloom period. Be sure to add 1 tablespoon of Bulb Booster fertilizer to give your plants a good set of roots for next year.

Watering Information


Watering needs decrease until spring. Do water perennials when planting or transplanting. Give all perennials one last good watering before ground freezes.